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Synonyms for severe
səˈvɪərse·vere

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Wiktionary

  1. severeadjective

    Very bad or intense.

    Antonyms:
    mild, minor

  2. severeadjective

    Antonyms:
    lenient

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. severe

    That is severe which is devoid of all softness, mildness, tenderness, indulgence or levity, or (in literature and art) devoid of unnecessary ornament, amplification, or embellishment of any kind; as, a severe style; as said of anything painful, severe signifies such as heavily taxes endurance or resisting power; as, a severe pain, fever, or winter. Rigid signifies primarily stiff, resisting any effort to change its shape; a corpse is said to be rigid in death; hence, in metaphorical sense, a rigid person or character is one that resists all efforts to change the will or course of conduct; a rigid rule or statement is one that admits of no deviation. Rigorous is nearly akin to rigid, but is a stronger word, having reference to action or active qualities, as rigid does to state or character; a rigid rule may be rigorously enforced. Strict (Latin stringo, bind) signifies bound or stretched tight, tense, strenuously exact. Stern unites harshness and authority with strictness or severity; stern, as said even of inanimate objects, suggests something authoritative or forbidding. Austere signifies severely simple or temperate, strict in self-restraint or discipline, and similarly unrelenting toward others. We speak of austere morality, rigid rules, rigorous discipline, stern commands, severe punishment, harsh speech or a harsh voice, hard requirements, strict injunctions, and strict obedience. Strict discipline holds one exactly and unflinchingly to the rule; rigorous discipline punishes severely any infraction of it. The austere character is seldom lovely, but it is always strong and may be grand, commanding, and estimable.

    Synonyms:
    austere, hard, harsh, inexorable, inflexible, morose, relentless, rigid, rigorous, stern, stiff, strict, uncompromising, unmitigated, unrelenting, unyielding

    Antonyms:
    affable, bland, easy, genial, gentle, indulgent, lenient, mild, pliable, soft, sweet, tender, tractable, yielding

Princeton's WordNet

  1. severe, terrible, wickedadjective

    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"

    Synonyms:
    life-threatening, dreadful, distasteful, revolting, pixilated, repellant, foul, implike, repellent, mischievous, arch, austere, serious, awful, puckish, frightful, horrendous, sinful, tremendous, disgustful, dire, loathly, stern, grievous, skanky, repelling, atrocious, painful, prankish, impish, grave, dangerous, yucky, wicked, unholy, dread(a), hard, unspeakable, horrific, terrible, dreaded, abominable, frightening, fearsome, fearful, loathsome, direful, stark, disgusting, spartan, knockout

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, fancy, mild, weak, indulgent, noncrucial, good

  2. hard, knockout, severeadjective

    very strong or vigorous

    "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

    Synonyms:
    arduous, wicked, grueling, tough, grievous, serious, terrible, toilsome, hard, stark, life-threatening, spartan, stern, heavy, voiceless, laborious, difficult, grave, austere, knockout, gruelling, intemperate, concentrated, punishing, unvoiced, dangerous, operose, backbreaking, surd, strong

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, indulgent, fancy, weak, mild, noncrucial, good

  3. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

    Synonyms:
    life-threatening, perfect(a), consummate(a), unadulterated, double-dyed(a), austere, serious, ascetic, bare, arrant(a), stark, desolate, staring(a), unrelenting, stern, grievous, sodding(a), unappeasable, grave, everlasting(a), crude(a), dangerous, wicked, complete(a), hard, gross(a), terrible, stark(a), pure(a), relentless, barren, unforgiving, blunt, grim, bleak, inexorable, exacting, thoroughgoing(a), strict, ascetical, utter(a), spartan, knockout

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, noncritical, indulgent, good, mild, fancy, weak

  4. severe, spartanadjective

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

    "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing"

    Synonyms:
    serious, stark, spartan, ascetical, grave, knockout, austere, terrible, wicked, hard, life-threatening, stern, ascetic, dangerous, grievous

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, noncritical, mild, fancy, indulgent, good, weak

  5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threateningadjective

    causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

    Synonyms:
    sober, serious, wicked, stark, unsafe, terrible, hard, spartan, stern, heavy, unplayful, weighty, monstrous, grave, good, grievous, atrocious, sedate, flagitious, life-threatening, dangerous, knockout, austere, heartbreaking, heartrending, solemn

    Antonyms:
    indulgent, fancy, weak, mild, good, noncrucial, noncritical

  6. severeadjective

    very bad in degree or extent

    "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

    Synonyms:
    serious, stark, spartan, grave, knockout, austere, terrible, wicked, hard, life-threatening, stern, dangerous, grievous

    Antonyms:
    noncritical, indulgent, mild, weak, noncrucial, good, fancy

Editors Contribution

  1. blique

    a condition which potentials to a catastrophe.

    after the hurricane, the entire nation human is rather oblique.

    Submitted by anonymous on January 21, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. severeadjective

    Synonyms:
    rigid, stern, harsh, bitter, austere, rigorous, stiff, strait-laced, hard, unrelenting, relentless, inexorable, peremptory

  2. severeadjective

    Synonyms:
    strict, exact, accurate, methodical

  3. severeadjective

    Synonyms:
    simple, plain, unadorned, concise, chaste

  4. severeadjective

    Synonyms:
    caustic, satirical, sarcastic, keen, cutting, stinging, biting, sharp

  5. severeadjective

    Synonyms:
    distressing, afflictive, acute, violent, extreme, intense, hard to bear

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How to use severe in a sentence?

  1. Nancy Messonnier:

    It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness, we are asking the American public to work with us to prepare in the expectation that this could be bad.

  2. Kelley Long:

    If you’re facing severe debt issues and on the brink of bankruptcy, the last thing you want to do is use this money to pay off debt, your 401(k) money is protected in bankruptcy.

  3. Jonas Baer-Hoffmann:

    We are very conscious that this is a reflection of a problem in broader society than and there is no suggestion that it is more severe for our members, footballers are more similar to average society than most people think, and that is simply because of the misconceptions about how players live.

  4. Hakubun Shimomura:

    We must accept the results humbly, the voters have handed down an extremely severe verdict.

  5. David Madden:

    A mixture of disappointing corporate results and continued pressure from the commodity sector has sent stocks lower, equity markets have suffered a few severe sell-offs since the summer and they are still nervous, and an absence of positive news is seen a negative.


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